We have one of the best selection of hotels including one of our landmarks, The Fairmont Empress Hotel. We are going to spend a little time with this hotel not just because your stay there would be memorable, but it also doubles as one of Victoria’s premier icons.
The Fairmont Empress Hotel is not just another hotel, in fact it is part of the Victoria BC Experience. If you are not going to stay at The Fairmont Empress Hotel, you need to at least walk through it and enjoy its period architecture, unique shops and galleries.
The Empress was finished being built in 1908, designed by Francis Rattenbury (who also designed the Parliament Buildings) in the Edwardian style. The hotels original intent was to serve the Canadian Pacific Steamship Lines’ passengers that were arriving in Victoria. These would be well to do business people, socialites, royalty and anyone who was anyone.
Over the years suggestions to tear down the building in favor of a more modern building were rejected. It became overwhelmingly clear that this was no mere building, it was a unique landmark, icon and architectural masterpiece. Tearing this building down would be a haunting regret and Victoria would loose one of its biggest attractions.
Today you can enjoy this hotel as it was enjoyed when first built. Fine dining and genuine English High Tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel is an experience worth savoring. There has been a few additions from its first inception, a conference center and indoor pool has been added.
Rooms will be around $300.00 a night and afternoon tea will cost from $49.00.
Generally rates in other hotels around Victoria can start from $100.00 per night and go on up from there.
For a truly first class experience we recommend these hotels:
Map of Victoria BC Recommended Hotels
Here is a more complete list of other Victoria BC Hotels